Resources for writers

  • The Great Smokies Writing Program offers workshops that run five-15 weeks and are available for writers of all levels. Highlights from the spring schedule include a five-week poetry and nonfiction workshop led by Jessica Jacobs that explores questions of spirituality and faith; a 10-week course led by Chris Highland that looks at ways to bridge worldviews through nonfiction; and a 15-week introduction to creative prose led by Tommy Hays. For a complete list, visit
  • The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville offers graduate-level courses for people interested in “careers in creative writing, the teaching of writing, and/or the development of advanced writing skills as a powerful tool within one’s chosen profession,” according to the program’s website. Learn more at
  • The N.C. Writers’ Network’s Asheville writers group meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave. Writers of all genres, backgrounds and experience levels are welcome to join. The monthly meetings include discussions, writing prompts and shared sessions. The group also holds semiquarterly open mic nights. Details at
  • The Writers’ Workshop is a local nonprofit that has served Asheville since 1985. The organization offers Saturday workshops, readings, retreats and contests. Saturday classes are $75; $70 with membership. Learn more at
About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist.

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